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Coeliac Disease: sick and tired of being sick and tired?

More than just a fad diet, going gluten-free is a serious regime for sufferers of coeliac disease.

Coeliac Disease: sick and tired of being sick and tired?

This week marks Coeliac Awareness Week, as Coeliac Australia and New Zealand urge people to take the simple blood test that could hold prevent an onslaught of long-term health problems.

Four out of five people with coeliac disease in Australia and New Zealand are undiagnosed, yet treatment for those who suffer from it is vital for life-long health.

A protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats, gluten can cause those who are intolerant to it, bowel inflammation and malnutrition, as the damaged gut is prohibited from absorbing essential nutrients from food.

Fatigue and stomach pain are the most common symptoms, but these can extend to diarrhoea, bloating, weight loss, and anaemia, as well as the less common irritability and depression.

Untreated, coeliac disease sufferers can suffer long term health problems such as the risk of infertility, liver disease, miscarriage, and auto-immune diseases such as type 1 diabetes. They are also predisposed to developing osteoporosis, certain types of cancer, and premature death.

The message this Coeliac Awareness Week is clear:  if you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, go and get checked out.  It could prolong your life.

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One Comment on Coeliac Disease: sick and tired of being sick and tired?

  • Terri-lee
    May 29, 2013 10:47 am

    I got tested for this after endless tests to figure out why i was bloating terribly after most meals, always very very tired among other symptoms…and results came back negative. I do not have it… BUT, I decided to try going gluten free anyway because I’d tried everything else, and it really helped. No more bloating, and nowhere near as tired. Of recommend people getting the test if they have the symptoms. Or at least trying to go gluten free for a few weeks to see if it helps.

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